Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) plans to call for a vote on the order made under the Strategic Development Projects Act to grant tax concessions to a casino project in Colombo.
The order under the Act is to be taken up for debate in parliament on October 24th and 25th.
Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga has said the UNP would fully participate in the debate and would call for a vote by name on the piece of legislation once the debate is concluded.
He has explained that the piece of legislation would provide official sanction to casinos in the country.
There has been a massive outcry against the government's proposed legislation with even religious leaders threatening to take to the streets.
Governing party allies like the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has also stated that it would vote against the piece of legislation.
The government has granted tax concessions to a US$ 350 million development project of Australian gaming tycoon James Packer.
The large scale mixed development project to set up a star class resort and a casino among other facilities has been categorized under the Strategic Development Projects Act.
The project has been granted a 10-year exemption from income tax in addition to a further concessionary 6 percent tax rate for 12 years among other tax concessions.
Opposition political parties say the country will be losing out on millions in revenue due to the massive tax concessions granted to it.